“I knew I wasn’t ready for a four-year school,” said Biancosino ’17, a singer who enjoys pop and R&B. “But I had done well in school and had a good work ethic and knew I should expand my opportunities.”
She enrolled in the music program at Schenectady County Community College and soon got her footing as a college student. When a Saint Rose admissions counselor visited the community college and met with her, the prospect of a four-year degree instantly felt right. Impressed by Biancosino’s enthusiasm, the counselor reviewed her grades and credits and provided information on the College’s top-tier music programs.
“They were so supportive. And they made it clear I was a good fit for Saint Rose,” she recalled. “Then I took a campus tour and the second I saw the music industry studio I said ‘this is perfect.’ I transferred after my freshman year.”
With its small class sizes and commitment to the individual, Saint Rose recognizes that there are many pathways to college. And transfer students, who represent a third of incoming undergraduates, are integral to the community. College administrators assist with the application and financial aid forms and provide an evaluation of the applicant’s credits.
The support does not end there. A team of administrators from across campus meets weekly to address ongoing needs of transfer students. Saint Rose has a chapter of Tau Sigma Honor Society for transfer students and holds transfer advisement days. Now, a new College policy promises to make it still easier to transfer credits from other institutions.
“We are devoted to our transfer students and spend a great deal of time making sure we do right by them,” noted Kelly Meyer director of academic advising. “They bring a unique experience – they have been at other colleges – and offer us a great deal.”
For Biancosino, a junior, the welcome mat Saint Rose rolled out provided the confidence she needed to challenge herself. She has decided to pursue a business administration major with a minor in music business. And, Biancosino has come a long way from the high school senior who was unsure she belonged in college.
“This is definitely a community where people can help you,’ she said. “Now I would say to anyone else to go for it and don’t be afraid!”